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The DC LERA Board of Governors invites you to the monthly luncheon meeting...

Luncheon Program
Noon – Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Woman’s National Democratic Club

FMCS Today: 
Meeting the Needs of the
Evolving Workplace

with guest speaker
Allison Beck
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

The pressures of the global economy and the changing nature of work are making labor-management relations more contentious. More states are passing right-to-work legislation. Fewer and fewer workers in private enterprises are represented by unions. And the growth of the “gig” economy is upsetting customary patterns of labor relations.

Fortunately, the U.S. has a highly respected agency chartered to assist managers and workers with constructive responses to rapidly changing workplaces. It is the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, or FMCS, led by Allison Beck. One of her first actions after moving from Deputy Director to Director of FMCS was to conduct an unprecedented, in-depth review of the Agency’s structure and services. The result has been a more aggressive outreach to the labor-management community using 21st technology to provide a fresh, broad menu of services and training.

The Officers and Board of Governors of the Washington, DC, Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association are privileged to announce that Director Beck will be joining us at our December 9th luncheon meeting to talk about the new FMCS. She will describe the challenges facing 21st century labor-management relations. And she will give us a guided tour through her agency’s innovations and progress in meeting the needs of an evolving workplace.

Please join us for this fascinating talk.

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is a vibrant community of
people interested
n labor and employment relations. Our members include practitioners from labor and management, government employees from agencies that specialize in labor matters, scholars, diplomats, and anyone who has an interest in labor and employment relations.   Click here to learn more about Steve and read his personal message.

Missed the
November meeting...

Is America Splitting in Two?
with guest speaker
Executive editor of the American Prospect and a weekly columnist for the Washington Post

With the federal government generally gridlocked, the political action in America is taking place in its cities and states. Click here to learn more about the November meeting...

DC LERA Board member Mindy Reiser and President Steve Silva with October guest speaker Dr. Xiaoyan Qian, First Secretary and Labor Attaché at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

Missed the
October meeting...

Inside Social Security in China - Challenges and Opportunities

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the October meeting...